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as a basis for peace in our world. >> next wednesday, october 3rd, mitt romney and president obama meet in their first presidential debate moderated by jim lehrer of the "newshour" from the university of denver. watch and engage with c-span including our live debate preview at 7 p.m. eastern, the debate at 9, and of after the debate your reaction, calls, e-mails and tweets. follow us on c-span, c-span radio and online at c-span.org. >> next, three former obama administration pentagon officials defend the president's foreign policy and national security record while criticizing mitt romney. moderated by former cnn, cnn contributor bill schneider, the discussion focuses largely on iran's nuclear program and america's presence in afghanistan. this event, which took place yesterday, runs about an hour, and we'll show you as of this as we can until the pentagon briefing scheduled at 2 p.m. eastern. >> struggling in, and you're encouraged to help yourself to coffee, food, whatever you need. my name's mike bennett, on behalf of my colleagues, jim kessler -- who's here somewhere -- sean gibbons
% that we heard about this week. governor romney, in some remarks that were taped at a fundraiser earlier this year, talked about how there's 47% of the country that does not pay federal income tax. he said that they believe they are victims who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, you name it. governor kaine, there's over a million virginians who fall into the category of not paying a federal income tax, part of that 47%. what would you do about that? do you think that should change? and what do you think more generally about whether too many virginians, too many americans by extension are too dependent on government for basic needs in their lifesome. kaine: david, i heard those statements, and i -- you can say something off the cuff that you regret, but i really deeply disagree with the sentiment expressed by governor romney. i don't meet virginians who think they're victims, and the notion that they need to have people take personal responsibility for them is, frankly, con desending and divisive
, government's role, and so forth. mitt romney's campaign, as you know, struggling with the release of a videotape where he commented there's 47% of americans who, in his words, see themselves as victims, deserve handouts. now, this sparked a lot of discussion about the government's role in our lives, what we deserve, what we don't, and to you ms. hassan. are too many americans including the middle class depending on government to make their lives better 1234 >> i want that family that ovide talked about is do more than wonder, but go to the community college and get trained the way a worker was trained when the steel plant called said he was going to the community college. that takes some help from the state government. the legislature you supported, and the tea party's favorite cap date cut the budget. you can't have it both ways. if you want a vibrant system, a vibrant place so that our people can show what they are made of, which is -- this is a strongest best work force, best work ethic anywhere in the country. they have to have that opportunity. that's our job. to law raise --
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